Women's Rowing Enjoys Winter Training in Florida, Philly

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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team began preparations for the 2009 championship season a little early again this year, as several team members went to Gainesville, Fla., from January 6-12 and also participated in activities on campus the weekend prior to the start of spring-term classes.

“Having two training camps was a way to have all of our athletes come back early and get a jump start on the season,” said third-year head coach Mike Lane. “Our athletes woke up to train three times a day, and we asked a lot of them. However, the more we asked of them, the more they performed; they all decided to step up and take care of business.”

A total of 32 women were in Gainesville, training on Newman Lake out of the Gainesville Area Rowing club, and was made possible with the support of 2008 alum Gracie Kaplan-Stein and her family. The conditions were nearly ideal throughout the week, with 70-degree weather and flat water, and Lane pointed out that more business was conducted than last year (in other words, no alligator spotting).

“The week was all I expected,” said Lane. “The women worked hard, and in some cases we had some very exciting improvements. The great people and the flat water we encountered was unbeatable, and I cannot thank the local club for all the effort they put in hosting us.”

Upon returning to campus, Lane and his staff had 25 athletes trained in Hutch for the weekend leading up to classes. The women participated in three erg sessions a day, and on the last day they did a team-bonding climbing activity at the Pottruck Center.

The women will conduct Class Day Races on March 1, and then open the season with the Connell Cup against Columbia and Yale March 28 in New York City.